I am not one of those parents who needs to have everything right now! When I learn I’m pregnant I tend to get the clothes and other necessities I find I’ll need quickly, and then enjoy my pregnancy not rushing around trying to buy all the things and make sure it’s all home for when that precious little bundle arrives.
I’m a minimalist when it comes to all things baby. I prefer to nurse so I don’t have any bottles or excess items to lug around, wash or have ready. There is nothing worse than waking up in the night for feedings and having to go prepare it all. I’m lazy, what can I say! I also prefer to keep things to a minimum when it comes to household items or “baby items” for the first few months.
Want to see what my Top 6 Must Haves are to Have for When Baby Comes Home?
- Baby Monitor: I enjoy letting baby sleep where she will be most comfortable and kids or pets won’t wake her. So having a baby monitor like the Levana Willow is ideal and already set up when we bring our little ones home.
- Diapers: Of course! Who doesn’t want to be stocked up and ready to go with the one thing every single baby must have (beyond milk!) Huggies has always got me covered and I am always sure to make sure we have a good stock ready for baby’s arrival.
- Swaddle Blankets: I tend to like swaddling my babies with my arms but to make sure they are extra snug I have multiple swaddle blankets (usually muslin) on hand and ready for babe.
- Nursing Pillow: I only use one of these for about a week or two. But I find it is a must-have for those first few weeks and I do not go home from the hospital without one.
- Bed Rail: We safely co-sleep. So, we have our bed rail set up before we arrive home from the hospital. Of course for the first few weeks I am up every feed, sitting up with baby in arms but as the weeks go by and baby and I get into a groove we can nurse laying down and having a bed rail is #1 when safely co-sleeping!
- A comfortable Robe: I’ve never had one of these for post birth. I’m thrilled my friend Kristina sent me a gorgeous one from PinkBlush. I not only have it in my bag for the hospital but plan to get it home, wash it and live in it for the first few weeks!
See, told you! I’m pretty minimal when it comes to items I have to have at home waiting on the day I bring my babies home. I don’t need all the swings and all the chairs and mats or play items. Baby doesn’t either. The first few weeks baby needs you and your love! All your snuggles and all your attention. Not all the things.
I see so many new moms in my due month group rushing to buy all these unnecessary things. As you have more children you’ll start to realize what little you really need. I’d function just fine with diapers, wipes and breastfeeding! But, it’s nice to have a few of these other things to help make the process a bit more simple on you as you enjoy the first few weeks bonding with your new bundle of joy!